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have your kids gone back to school yet? if so, where are you at...

Posted By: sm on 2005-08-02
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if not, when do they go back and where are you at?  This is strictly out of curiosity, everyone, no ulterior motives here! I'm in GA and mine went back yesterday...think it's WAY too early to go back.  They were only out for nine weeks!

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POLL - Are you read for your kids to go back to school? (sm)
Yes and no is the answer for me.  I love them home with me (11 and 13), but am ready to have the nice quiet house to myself for work.
2000 lines everyday but one since my kids went back to school.
I can finally get back on a routine and get some work done. Now, if I could just stay off of MTstars! LOL.
Well, 1 day back to school for the kids, and now they come hom with a stomach virus! Geez.

How frustrating - 1 day in school and now a "bug".  We had this in our house before the holidays.  Everyone in the family had a turn with it, and now again!  I think antiseptic and antibacterials are needed in these schools.   Can't afford to be down for even 24 hours!


Just needed to vent my frustration here - my poor kiddies!


I did that with 2 kids with time mgmt and a high school girl who babysat 3 days a week after school
I don't have kids, but my Mom was from the "old school," and still had everyone, kids inclu

call her by her first name.  The little neighbor girl next door from the time she could speak called her Aggie (my mom's first name), and they were great buddies until the day my mom pased away. 

I don't think there really is much in a name, but more in the respect you are given and the way you are treated.   Personally, I kind of cringe inside when someone calls me Ms. Anything or God forbid, "maam" (makes me feel like Methuselah!) ... I'm always just plain Merrie.  :-)

But, as someone pointed out, to each his own.  If you want to be addressed a certain way, you have that right, and people should respect that.  I'm glad you corrected the child ... hope it "sticks."    

Don't know how many kids in your school..sm

when my child was in high school there were 3000 kids - 2 security officers and perhaps one cop (big huge city) - NOT ENOUGH TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN.  Guns and knives were waiting with perp kids across the street from the public school buses, near the city buses....lots of knifings.......pulled my kid out and had her finish up elsewhere....where they did care about kids.......

Like I said elsewhere - if they (authorities) don't care about our kids, they don't care about our/their future either.......



No way would my kids be in regular school
It was bad enough years ago when I was in public school, but nowadays with all the drugs, sex, guns, knives, etc., in school, there is no way any kids of mine would be in a public school. I remember my study hall when the kids were totally out of control and the teacher was afraid of them-- it sure isn't any better now. If I could not afford a private school, you'd better believe they would be home schooled.
Kids schedules outside of school....sm

It's amazing to me how many parents push their kids to the extreme with extracurricular activities.   I saw a cousin this weekend and her 2nd grader is taking 4 dance lessons (4-1/2 hours a week), an acting class (1 hour)  is in some special gifted program that meets 1 hour after school each week and is in the church kid's choir on Wednesdays.   This means this 7-year-old has 7-1/2 hours of extracurricular activities scheduled.  

I told her that my 6-year-old chooses 1 activity to participate in outside of church kids choir (meets on Sunday) and that's all she does. 

What about your kids if you have them?  If you have your child scheduled in a lot of things aren't you worried that they will burn out?  I've recently read stories that a lot of kids that are overscheduled are getting depressed and I can see why.

As long as you have someone with the kids after school and can
I can't wait for school to start either, and I don't even HAVE kids!! nm
I don't need to know anything about it. My kids functioned fine in school
and let them have friends of their own choosing rather than manipulate their lives for them.
I do not know about her school but next Tues. when my kids start the first day they get out at 9:50
Absolutely would - however, I have to wait until my 2 kids are out of school
and off to college! I always wanted to be a traveling Transcriptionist with K-Force. I have 3 more years to wait and off I will go to a traveling transcription position.

I, however, love change and get bored fairly quickly. So, I would prefer the shorter assignments from place to place - 3 years is too long in one place for me!

Good luck to you!
Private Christian school is where my kids go.
I believe it is next Monday, the 19th, as the kids have off school for it.
Driving my kids to school. Heard it on the radio, Bob and Tom. sm
I never heard them be more serious than that day.  The whole day is still bright in my mind.  I remember everything that happened, where I was and what I did.  I will never forget it. 
Our school has good scores but my kids have never been stressed

Probably depends on the teachers and the corporate culture at your school.

No, usually it's just winding up as all the kids bring home crud from school.
The 4th of July is slow.  Christmas is never slow for me.
Veteran's day. Kids are out of school. Many doctor's offices are closed.
The kids' "holiday" programs at school were full of African and
Hanukkah music, but there wasn't an African or Jewish person in the gymnasium. Everything else was nondenominational. What I want to know is why the minorities have the majority vote? Shouldn't there be an equal amount of Christmas music?
Me, too. I told my kids that since they're not in school and I'm working two jobs
just to try to keep the utilities on, they get to do chores. Don't even get me started on holiday stress. My extended family sent me gift cards, so I'm using those to buy for the kids. I even offered to pay them $5 an hour for cleaning so they'd have Christmas money. Instead, what are they doing? Watching TV in their pajamas still. That's OK. I'm about to go unplug all the electronics in the house and give them a big chore list with NO pay.
Going back to school
Yes, I have thought about it. However, I will have to wait until I am cloned so ONE of us can keep working day and night to pay bills while the other of us goes to school. (Dream on!).
going back to school as well
Taking a pre-algebra and art class this semester, going for my BA in psych.  I've got a long road ahead of me, but I need to switch gears to a more lucrative and respected profession.  One that will secure my future as well.  MT sure won't!  Heck, don't even know if MT'ing will get me through school, I feel like my days are numbered and its out of my control.
why not go back to school. you can
probably get all your schooling paid for and money to help pay bills while you go to school? even if you did a tech program or a 2-yr RN program...?

i know how you feel.
I'm back in school...sm
I have my Associates in Allied Health, but I'm in the process of finishing my Bachelor's in Business with a specialty in Healthcare.

I also have 3 kids and a husband. As long as your family is willing to work with you a bit and give you the time that you need, you'll do fine. Go for it!
going back to school
I went back to school when my youngest entered kindergarten. I was 31. That was 15 years ago - my husband is now in school for taxidermy - he has only 3 weeks left - I miss him. My friend went back to school at age 59 - she is now a certified coder/MRT at age 62. Go for it!!!!!
Going back to school
I am a 35 year old single parent of an 8 year old. I will be starting in March at a private liberal arts college in Atlanta, GA. They have a degree program for adults. I will be majoring in psychology and hope to finish in a year. I'm very excited about it.
Going back to school
...Yes, I'm currently doing it now. It is hard, not easy, but I think it would be much harder if I had children in the house. My beautiful son is 29 years old and living out of the house on his own.

I have been a small MTSO for many, many years, but after losing so many accounts in my area to under bidding and offshoring, I just did not feel it was worth pursuing this crap any more. I now transcribe for a company part time, the money is so paltry, but whatever. Working in this field is no longer my goal. It is a stepping stone. My sights are high to get into something I believe I would enjoy and make a difference in - law. I work part time and go to school part time, for now. I am 56 years of age and do not have a problem with my age at all. It takes time management - something that does not come easy for me. With a large house to care for, lots of pets, work, and school, I am learning to manage a lot better. It is surprising how much better I do with less money. Of course, I am fortunate in that my husband can support us both, for now. I pray it stays that way. That does not mean we have enough put away for retirement. We don't. The income I make from my part-time job goes into savings. I am determined to reach my goal no matter what, and if I ever become a lawyer at age 64-65, what an accomplishment!!! I've always been a very independent person. Ironically, the hardest thing for me to accept is letting my husband support me. I get a lot of anxiety about that because I'm a worry-wort. I've always felt I have to be in control. Strange, huh?
Going back to school
I am 36 and just started back this January to take some electives and start nursing school in August. I have 2 kids and husband to take care of, plus working p/t doing transcription. I have to take Chemistry which is a pre-requisite. It's only the third week and it is hard, but I think in the long run, it will work out for the better. I just have to keep a positive attitude.
back to school at 45

I went back to school at 45 with 5 kids (26, 24, 19, 14 and 10).  I have a few comments.  First of all, school at 45 is very different than school at 20.  One thing I noticed is that it is much easier.  Classes have been watered down, except for math classes, which are a little different.  Kids do not write as well as we had to when I was first in college.   Second, for whatever reason,  it is much easier to pull As than when I was younger.  I go to class every class and I study because I have less distractions and yes, less hormones.  I am not partying anywhere, and my car knows the way to school.  No  one is making me go.

I took my first CNA class this semester and basically changed adult diapers and helped feed elderly folks.  I also helped with showers and changed colostomy bags.  They can dress it up any way they want, but frankly, that is what you are doing.  No blood or guts, just a lot of poop.

As far as money goes, I already had an associates degree, so they will only pay for classes that are absolutely necessary to your degree.  I did not qualify for any scholarship money due to age or income or anything else.  Basically I paid for my classes and the hospital I work for is supposed to reimburse me when I finish my class.

The hospital I work for, when I am clinicals, is supposed to have a few scholarships available which equate to about 4500 per year.  As my work time will be cut back to approximately half, I am going to have to figure out how to make it.  Also, I will have to figure out how to maintain hospital benefits at only half time...as....this does not work out.  

That is my returning to school story.  I hope that it is helpful. I would like to know what first year nursing students are doing if anybody has that information as far as patient care, etc. and what books, etc. they found helpful.




Went back to school at age 30 with a 4 mo. old, 4 yr old, and 7 yr old....
got an Associates degree in Health Information Technology and then sat for my RHIT.  After ranting and raving when I quit my job after the baby was born, my husband finally gave in and actually became very supportive.  This was the best decision I have ever made in life...it was hard but worth it, and I graduated at the top of my class.  Blessings!
back to school . . .
I went back to school, for nursing, after 23 years! It was scary, but not as hard as I thought it would be. I have found that it is a little harder to learn than when I was young, but I am more willing to put in the time now that I am older and actually did quite well. Also,  I was worried about being in school with a bunch of 20 year olds, and that was not the case either. My advice, go for it!
MT going back to school....

My two career choices are either nursing, really interested in psych, or a dental hygienist.

I know more about nursing than the dental and was wondering if anyone could give me any insight on either one, as far as school, working conditions, salaries, anything basically.

I think I would enjoy nursing more, but the schedule for the hygienist appeals to me more with 2 young kids at home.  In my area, the schooling is about the same and the salary seems about the same too.


QA go back to school

I am really ticked at my QA department these days.  Had a report – not the best dictator, which is why I listened to it for a total of 3 times to be accurate!  Clearly the doctor said hyperglycemia.  At first I thought hypercholesterolemia but upon playing it over 2 more times I could hear the “glycemia.”  QA changed it to hypercholesterolemia and put a note on the “corrected” version that had I run spell checker it would have caught this.  Okay, first of all with this particular VPN system you must run spell check before uploading!  And second of all, no, spell checker would not flag a correctly spelled medical term!  Come on now!  Pick up the medical dictionary and look.  It is in my book.  Heck I hear that word on television.  Get a clue already.


This is the same QA that I go round and round with about hyphens.  I type “The patient is well developed and well nourished.”  It is to be done this way as per the BOS, yet a few will put in hyphens.  To the best of my knowledge you only use hyphens when the sentence reads:  Well-developed, well-nourished male/female in no acute distress. 


There are some really great QA people out there (((hugs))) and unfortunately some that need to go back to MT school.  Sometimes I wonder why I fight so hard to keep our jobs here in the U.S.   I know that I am not QA quality with less than 5 years under my belt, but please do not treat me like complete *****.  When I see some of these QA fixes and research it makes me wonder how they came into their positions.  I once had a CMT/QA person tell me there is no such thing as a DIP joint.  Okay, pick up an ortho book by Stedman’s.  Yeah, it’s in there!


Sorry to go on and on.  Just needed to get this off my chest.

You don't need to go back to school.
Going back to School
Just saw this thread and had to respond. I, too, could see the handwriting on the wall many years ago in fact. When anyone would ask what I did for a living, I would tell them and many times they had no clue what it was. People that knew what it was looked at me and sort of smirked. So, I thought I would prepare for my later years and go back to school. I finished getting my BS about 5 years ago and I am still an MT.   I like being an MT but wished that my hard-earned degree would have led me in a new direction with exciting new challenges and better pay. This has been my experience with going back to school and I got excellent grades too and have been in the medical field for 30 years. No rhyme or reason
Back to school
I was trained and took a local training program and did some medical transcription for a few small companies, but here I am 15 years later realizing that I didn't get the "right" kind of training, so I just started up with one of the 2 top schools online and this was the best thing I ever did. Now I realize how little training I received compared to the big picture out there. I guess I learned that you get what you pay for. Again, do the research yourself because everybody is going to have a different opinion.
Back to school

Remember, you will be on your feet most of the time. Be sure that the school you go to is accepted by different places of employment. I worked in a hospital, and the Director of Pharmacy would not accept candidates from certain schools.

Anyone else gone back to school for this? sm
Medical assistant?  I am looking at this because I can do something along the lines I already love (medicine) and get out into the real world again.  The course I am looking at is through a university, where you will earn an AS upon completion.  With 10 years of MT under my belt and being so tired of being paid on production, I am looking for a change!  Plus, many of the courses would be refresher ones for me, so at least it would not all be new.  Has anyone made the leap?  Thanks for your input! 
My sons are born again too and their wives can't leave the house, home school the kids, no tv,
and if my DIL wanted to work, it is out of the question. One of my sons just believes in having babies and having babies. They now have 5. I divorced his dad and apparently his dad taught them this is the American way. I just feel so bad for both my sons' wives. They both are born again and both live their life that way.
Honestly, I send my kids to public school. They've never had a belly ache either.

must you be so full of yourself?

POLL: Home School vs. Charter School vs. Public School vs. Priv ate School...
Pros and cons of each too. I have two little ones that will be starting school soon and I would like opinions on all. Thanks in advance! :)
ever thought about going back to school?
I stay focused because i'm in school now and i'm working towards something.  I'm just as scared in regards to job security, i'm the only earner.  I'm not getting anywhere in this industry, I still live in an apartment.  I am afraid to buy a house because i'm not sure where this company is heading. 
They need to go back to school or never studied. nm
Back to school bellyache - what to do?
I'm sure this is a common thing, but my 9-year-old daughter has been having a bellyache for the entire week leading up to the first day of school, and yesterday at school she said her belly was just killing her all day.  I know she has some social anxiety issues, worries about no one wanting to play with her, etc., but how can I help her?  In the week before school started I had four girls over from her class and they all had a great time playing together, so I know there are decent girls that she can play with at school.  She's my oldest child so I'm still learning with her myself.  I've given her all the love and hugs and encouragement I can, so now I'm starting to wonder if maybe a little Pepcid or Zantac would help?  I have a strong family history of stomach ulcers, I'm so worried that she is starting down this path already.  Any suggestions? 
I went back to school this year
In my area both the RN-AD and dental hyg. programs have wait lists, however the dental hyg. wait is like 4 years versus the RN wait being 1-1/2 years. I am just finishing up all my gen eds and I should be off the wait list and into the core program next fall. I am taking extra psych classes to fill my "elective" courses as I was told that hospitals prefer nurses with their BSN to have psych minors, and I'm only in the AD program (associate degree), but I can still list extra psych courses on my resume. I wish you the very best of luck!!!
If you want to go back to school for nursing, go for it -
I'm doing it too. I discovered there is quite a chunk of money out there for grants, loans, scholarships, et cetera for nursing students.

I can't keep sitting back and watching my income slide off in giant chunks with every new change in the platform and editing.

Once upon a time, I was making almost 30.00 per hour on average and now I'm lucky if I get 20.00 per hour. BIG difference.

Going back to school question...
I know I have read that several MTs go back to school for nursing.  How many have ever considered going back for becoming a HIM director?  I am thinking going back to school and do not think I could do the nursing thing.  I have seen a lot of job postings in my area for HIM directors over the last few years and was just wondering.
I was considering going back to school for nursing...
I originally planned on doing that many years ago before I got sidetracked into transcribing. I just wonder if I'm too old to start over again (44).

Thinking of going back to school; anyone

I've been an MT forever, and am now 58.   Retirement for me will be out of the question, but as we all know, the MT profession has taken a nosedive in past years, and the outlook is bleak.

From what I've read so far, an ultrasound tech can become certified at the proper schools without having to already have had extensive college.  (Only 2 years here, and that was in English, not pre-med, biology, science, etc.)   

Have any of you tried the same thing, or know people who have?  I definitely have to do SOMETHING, and time is obviously running out.  I also don't care for nursing. 

Any feedback appreciated!!!     

When the kids started school I wanted a job in my home town. A hospital clerk position (sm)
came open. You started compiling charts, making copies, etc. Then I was promoted after a few months and began learning transcription and did that part of the day. Then a few months later they taught me coding and abstracting and I did that part of the day. It was a great learning experience to learn things from the bottom up. Needless to say, I am an old dog here who has been doing this more than 25 years now.